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Dividing Lines: Keeping Races in Their Places

November 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

We’re pleased to announce a new series, Dividing Lines.

We’ll look at some important policies that have created invisible borders. Policies such as redlining created segregated neighborhoods, which in turn helped a racial wealth gap widen. School segregation created a separate and never quite equal educational system which kept children from fully understanding their communities.

Policies create lines on maps de-marking specific implementation. These lines often mark where power is hoarded, the flow of money between neighborhoods (or around them), and which people or places thrive while others are kept from accessing opportunities.

For our first event, we’ll be joined by Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate Anthony W. Orlando to discuss his new book on redlining: Keeping Races in Their Places.

More than fifty years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, American cities remain divided along the very same lines that this landmark legislation explicitly outlawed. Keeping Races in Their Places tells the story of these lines — who drew them, why they drew them, where they drew them, and how they continue to circumscribe residents’ opportunities to this very day.

Anthony W. Orlando is an Assistant Professor in the Finance, Real Estate, & Law Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Orlando teaches and conducts research at the intersection of business, economics, and law. He is trained as an applied microeconomist with a focus on real estate, finance, and public policy. Additionally, Orlando is a Faculty Affiliate at the USC Bedrosian Center.




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